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race to avert a disaster. >> after a new burst of radiation leaks from a damaged nuclear reactor. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. >> i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >> trying to prevent a catastrophe. anonymous workers risk their lives, trying to prevent overheating of a nuclear reactor. sandra hughes has concern from the west coast. we start, however, with randall pinkston, reporting on the meltdown fears. >> reporter: a cloud of white smoke may have been a burst of radiation, according to the japanese government. elevated radiation levels caused workers to evacuate this morning. they later returned, but it appears conditions are getting worse. >> damage to the cause of the
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three units in each -- units one, two, and three, has been confirmed. >> reporter: crews are struggling to continuously pump in sea water to keep the nuclear fuel rods cool. as a backup plan, officials ran a drill to see if helicopters could use buckets to bump water on the reactors. the u.s. is now telling the u.s. citizens living within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate. radiation levels have risen. officials say it is not enough to be dangerous. but many people are avoiding the city. >> reporter: at the united nations, the security council held a moment of silence for the victims in japan. the u.n. is helping to coordinate relief efforts, sending in aid from around the world. >> reporter: in the town of ofanatu, british and american crews are searching for survivors. >> we're trying to access underneath. but obviously, you can see very, very difficult
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conditions. >> reporter: crews continue to recover bodies from the wreckage. many times, family members are there, to mourn their loved ones. randall pink ston, wjz -- pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> there are reports that all of the water is gone from the troubled nuclear power plant. that increases the risk of the rods melting down. let's take a look. stocks open low and drop sharply in the afternoon. here's a look at the numbers just moments ago. the dow was down 242 points. that's 2% of its value. s&p off 25. nasdaq down 50. >> trying to calm fears of radiation fallout here in the u.s., our complete coverage continues. sandra hughes reports for wjz. people are rushing out to buy medication to protect themselves. >> reporter: americans are watching the disaster unfold at japan's nuclear facility with explosions and desperate attempts to cool the overheating reactors.
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and some are trying to protect themselves. >> i'm going to start looking for potassium iodide. >> reporter: it's an over the counter drug that protects the thyroid from radiation. and stores up and down the west coast are running out. >> we started getting calls at the end of last week into saturday, anything we had on the shelf disappeared. >> what does the pill do? >> if you give a lot of cold iodide, that is potassium iodide, that is not radioactive, it gets flooded with cold iodine. so it can't take up the radioactive iodine. >> reporter: experts warn against getting it on the internet, where you may be buying something overpriced or fake. >> reporter: this website was selling what should be a $10 drug for $100. and it had an expiration date of 2007. but most medical experts say buying medical iodide is
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unnecessary. even the president felt the need to calm fears. >> i've been assured that any nuclear release dissipates by the time it gets even to hawaii and much less to the main land of the united states. >> reporter: potassium iodide is available free to people who live near california's nuclear power plant. while it protects the thyroid, you're still host to -- vulnerable to a host of other illnesses. doctors here in the u.s. are urging people not to take the medicine, unless they are instructed to do so and can present a danger to people. with allergies to shellfish and people with thyroid problems. stay with wjz for complete coverage of the disaster in japan. and new pictures of the devastation. log onto wjz.com. coming up all new at 5:00. how prepared are nuclear power plants in and around maryland for a disaster? >> missing new york college student. the search is on for a
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frederick 21-year-old who hasn't been seen for days. vic is in the newsroom with circumstances surrounding george delaney's appearance. >> delaney is a junior. he's been missing since last weekend. his car was found sunday afternoon, abandoned in the field, about 40 miles north of rochester. his roommates say they last saw him leaving his apartment. he said he'd be right back and that he'd never return. she says her entire family is worried and concerned about him and they hope that everyone keeps them in their prayers. >> police are searching around a lake where delaney's car was found. found by police in baltimore on the run with his daughter. the man who claims to be a member of the rockefeller family is now facing a motor charge. serene branson reports from san marino, california. >> reporter: the man who called himself clark rockefeller and charmed his way into san marino
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society, now sits at the center of a decades-old murder case. the cold case unit reopened the 1985 disappearance of john and linda stoic, after a former acquaintance of the couple's was arrested for kidnapping his own daughter in 2008. >> investigators have been investigating this for years now. they went back to boston. why now? >> don't forget, they were working in conjunction, very closely with the district attorney's office. and the district attorney decided this was the time. they had enough. >> reporter: sheriff's investigators say they now have been able to positively i.d. the remains discovered in 1994 during a pool excavision as those of john stoic. his wife linda has never been found. rockefeller disappeared shortly after the couple did. rockefeller lived in san marino. he went by the name, christopher chichester. detectives uncovered his real name was christian gerhart shrider.
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he's currently serving a prison sentence back east for kidnapping, but a murder charge could mean decades behind bars. >> he has been charged. the case will be defended. we also see that we have a very, very substantial defense here. >> reporter: as for what exactly links rockefeller to the crime, we know forensic evidence was recovered from the home, combined with what detectives will only call recent investigative leads. >> it's still an ongoing investigation. they still want to move forward. they have loose ends they want to tie up. >> reporter: gerhart shrider's attorney says he believes it will prove his innocence. no criminal charges, but a baltimore county woman whose dog bit a young girl is still in trouble. 7-year-old amanda mitchell was bitten by two american bulldogs this weekend. she's recovering in the hospital. county animal control is charging the dog's owner, tina baker, with several code violations, including having a
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menacing and dangerous animal. baker has 25 days to spend $25,000 in fine or appeal. sky eye chopper 13 is over the 7900 block of east baltimore street, near east point. firefighters quickly put out the flames and found the woman at the bedroom. the cause of the fire is under investigation. questionable spending. baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake is on the defense today. our media partner, the baltimore sun says, she voted to give a city contract to johns hopkins, where her husband works. this morning, the mayor responded. >> let me be clear. not one single routine item that was approved by the board of estimates since december has had anything to do with my husband's job. not one single item. >> the mayor's husband is one of thousands of employees in the johns hopkins system. the mayor says out of an
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abundance of caution, she will have the city solictorinvestigate the matter. across maryland, the rain is gone. and we're seeing signs of spring, partly sunny and mild. wjz has weather and traffic together. bob turk has the weather warmup. >> it's serious spring fever by the next couple of days. take a look at radar. still clouds left. all of the rain is gone. rain from last night. there it is up around portland, maine, moving off to the east/northeast, away from that region. and we do pick up half to 3 -- couple of spots got a quarter inch. tomorrow, with winds going back to the west/southwest, much warmer air will continue to flow into the region. thursday, warmer than today. friday, really warm. mid, even some upper 70s, to end winter this year. actually, this last day is saturday. but we'll take it for friday. last day of winter will be awfully spring-like around this
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region. mary? >> that's a good way to say goodbye to it. we'll check in with courtney ward at wjz. >> we really couldn't have asked for a better travel day this afternoon. we have congestion and delays out there. but nothing out of the ordinary. and nothing that should significantly impact your travel this afternoon. we're seeing the majority of the congestion on the north side. expect a break here and there. also, you'll be delayed just a little bit from york road to dulaney valley road. over on the west side inner loop, expect a bit of a slow go. as far as other issues on the road this afternoon, on the north side of the inner loop, in the cockeysville area, there are reports of a disabled vehicle as you approach the harrisburg expressway. in the middle river area, there's an accident at compass road east. police and an ambulance are on the road there. in the city, there's an accident at perring parkway at hartsville road. now we're getting a look outside. baltimore harbor tunnel. travel looking perfect out there. and we'll switch over to 695 at liberty road.
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a little heavier volume of traffic there. but everything seems to be moving along just fine. this is brought to you by cirque du soleil. opening april 7th, under the blue and yellow grand shapeto. chestertown's mayor says it's the right thing to do. mayor margo bailey is introducing an ordinance that would remove all plastic shopping bags from stores in the eastern shore town. if the ordinance is adopted, businesses have six months to comply. baltimore has a similar ordinance that requires stores to offer paper bags and give consumers receptacles to recycle plastic. still ahead at 4:00. jaws of death. how a young woman's passion for water sports nearly cost her her life. deadly crash. safety when it comes to tour buses. and the rain is gone. and it's going to get a lot warmer as we just heard. stick around for the full
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forecasting forecast coming up.
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we have breaking news from southern california. twin engine beach craft twin air crashed and burned just after taking off from long beach airport about 1:30 this afternoon. the wreckage caught fire, one person was able to escape the flames. the plane was going to salt lake city when it went down. a violent attack is caught on tape in south carolina. now, a county detention officer is off the job. investigators say the officer punched a woman in the face several times. it's not clear what led up to the violence. and take a look at this high-speed crash caught on tape in missouri.
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police officers were standing just feet away. they were trying to divert traffic on a previous road. although both were totaled, the distracted driver suffered only minor injuries. as we mentioned, the continuing fears in japan shook the market dane again today. let's go to new york, where alexis christoforous has tonight's cbs money watch update. japan's auto industry has come to a near standstill. they have plans. but some parts factories will resume production later this week. nissan appears to be one of the worst affected. it's reporting significant damage at sixfields. and only 2300 suffered damage. oil rebound. economists say they will need to make up for power lost in --
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from new cler power plants. the national average for a gallon of regular is $3.55. and new home construction plunged 23% last month. as newest homes broke ground. experts say the decline in instruction is the latest eferredz. food prices soared 4% last month, the biggest jump in 46 years. most of the rise is a significant increase in vegetable costs. more than 50%. meat and dairy products also rose. that's your money watch. for more, stay with cbs cbsmoneywatch.com. if you thought your last water bill was high, just listen to this story. a new orleans couple got an unwelcome surprise when they opened their latest water bill. it was more than $8,000.
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apparently the city has been billing them for a leaking pipe outside of their house. the couple says that is a city- owned pipe and crews were supposed to repair it months ago. >> we had something similar to that at our house. i'm not sure it's quite resolved. >> don't pay it yet. coming up, undercover sting. what a baltimore county police say this liquor store was doing. two teens survive after they're struck. hear them talk about their remarkable recovery. the sun has been trying to peek out all day. instant updates and first warning weather, click wjz.com. ,
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don't miss the cbs evening news with katie couric. katie, i know the focus has still got to be so much on japan. >> it certainly is, mary. and tonight, we're going to focus on the fact that japanese officials are facing growing criticism as people complained they are simply not getting enough information from their own government. so just how much radiation is
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being released from the fukushima plant? plus, would u.s. nuclear reactors be able to contain the radiation in a similar catastrophe? we'll have our own coverage tonight on the cbs evening news, here on wjz 13, baltimore. mary, it's just an awful, awful situation in that country. isn't it? just breaks your heart to see story after story of those people searching for their relatives. among just unbelievable destruction. >> i know. and i've been watching so much of what harry has been doing there, and his stories in particular make me very, very sad. he has that touch to all of his stories, which is just very emotional. >> he's doing a great job but everybody. bill whittaker's stories have been amazing. and ben tracy. and celia hatton. we have a terrific team that has been reporting over there. and they're doing an incredible job, under very difficult circumstances. >> we are all watching here in baltimore, katie, thank you. be sure to watch the cbs
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evening news with katie couric tomorrow at 7:00, right after eyewitness news at 6:00. >> all right. don't miss the cbs evening news. and let's check on our weather now with bob. >> we have really warm weather headed our way forever several -- for several days. temperatures back in theurn 50s. 57. west/northwest winds drying things out. barometer on the way back up. 30.06 inches now. 50 in cumberland. 54, easton, 57 in elkton and baltimore. and 64, the last report from ocean city. or on the metro, mid- to upper 50s. mid- to upper 40s by the water, which is much, much cooler. winds now out of the north and northwest. shifting more to the south/southwest. tomorrow, that's going to bring in really nice warm air. the rain from last night, generally about two of this thirds -- two-thirds to three- quarters of an inch. that's all moved off to the east/northeast. there it is now. to the west of us, sunny skies.
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and still some residual clouds now. but it will break up later tonight. and skies will clear out. and it will get chilly again. upper 30s to 40s. tomorrow, winds out of the west/southwest. a big, big, really nice warmup headed our way. as high pressure moves off the east coast, here come the winds out of the west/southwest. it will cool down just a bit on saturday. there may be a brief shower late friday night into saturday morning. primarily, it's going to go through with just some clouds. warm on friday. maybe even mid- to upper 70s down in virginia. they can get to 80 degrees around richmond. even up across central pa. to the north, temperatures in the 50s and 60s. and we'll probably be there for the latter part of the weekend. high pressures move off the east coast. winds come back to the west/southwest. the warm air coming out of the southwest, texas gulf coast. meets mild air. then a weak front coming through with clouds here friday night and saturday. west winds around 5 knots on
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the bay tomorrow. very light winds. the bay temp, around 44 degrees. clearing out, later on, partly cloudy. by morning, 38 degrees. our normal low this time of year is in the mid- to upper 30s. by the way, 65 tomorrow. with sunshine, pretty much all day long. maybe a little patchy fog in a few spots. but beautiful afternoon by this time tomorrow. temperatures in the low to mid- 60s. and warm on friday. real spring fever on friday. >> all right. we'll take it. >> thank you. don't miss tonight's cbs primetime lineup, at 10:00, it's the show criminal minds, suspect behavior. eyewitness news at 11:00 follows that. march madness is here. time is running out to make your pick in the wjz annapolis subaru bracket challenge. you can challenge don, marty, tim, mark, bern, mary, along with radio personalities from 105.7, the fan. log onto wjz.com, and click on
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the link at the top of the home page. the ncaa tournament kicks off live here. you can see clemson play west virginia at noon. that game will be followed by princeton and kentucky, at approximately 2:30. tomorrow night, you can see wofford college, versus byu. and thal be followed by gonz -- that will be followed by gonzaga and byu. and there's a lot more ahead on wjz at 4:30. lots of grief. a pennsylvania community buries seven children who died in a fire. will the emotional services be interrupted by westborough picketing. encouraging news about a pack a day smokers in the u.s. the state that is seeing the most benefit. can it happen here? fears mount in the u.s. and experts rush to washington. what they're learning about the safety of reactors in the u.s. eyewitness news at 4:00 continues with vic after t t,,,,
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it is 4:29. 57 degrees and partly cloudy sky. hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. denise is off today. here's what people are talking about. it's a race against time in japan, where workers are trying to cool dangerously hot reactors at a nuclear power plant. it suffered severe damage in last week's earthquake and tsunami. so far, attempts to gain control have failed. meanwhile, congress is looking into the safety of nuclear plants in the united states. complete coverage continues now with joel brown, reporting for wjz. japan's nuclear crisis is sparking new anxiety here at home. >> that's not any way that you can completely ensure nothing will happen. but scary option. on capitol hill, hearings
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on nuclear safety came to a halt, as the nation's top nuclear regulator was summoned to the white house. >> we're going to recess until 1:30, because mr. jasco has been summoned to the white house. >> reporter: he told president obama that it is time to tell all u.s. citizens within 50 miles of that stricken nuclear reactor to evacuate. >> reporter: one more sign the crisis in japan is having an impact on n the u.s. -- in the u.s.? >> do you still we need to -- still think we need to go forward with the nuclear power? >> we need to look into it and guarantee we can go forward in a safe way. >> reporter: one side both agree on is nuclear energy. >> i think, let's learn the lesson. let's not just say, like we have for the last 30 years, we're not even going to look at it because we're afraid of it.
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>> reporter: but if lawmakers want to invest in nuclear, they'll need public support. and the dramatic emergency of japan's nuclear reactor isn't helping them win over many americans. in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> concerns about nuclear power are on the rise in other countries as well. french lawmakers question energy executives about how safe their plants are. chinese leaders are putting a hold on approving any new nuclear plants there. stay with complete coverage on the disaster in japan. for the latest on the nuclear leak, log onto wjz.com. skipping on safety. federal safety reg cuters -- regulators want to know if they can save lives during the deadly bus crash in new york. >> reporter: vic, investigators agree because of previous driving violations, the driver shouldn't have been behind the wheel at all.
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afadel williams met with them. williams' driving privileges were suspended when he lost control of a bus. slamming into a post. 15ntsb members are looking into the crash. the agency has urged the u.s. transportation department to call for mandatory safety upgrades on buses. among those are stronger requirements on roofs. and collisional technology. >> investigators say survivors and other witnesses have disputed williams' claim that his bus was clipped by a tractor-trailer before it went off the road. a solemn goodbye. it happened in the small town of loysville. sandra fujii explains, hundreds of people turned out today to say goodbye. >> it was a wonderful ceremony. it was just peace and love and praying for the family. >> the service today was
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exceptional. we had no difficulty with people trying to interrupt the service. and we just thank the lord that this is a time to honor the memories of seven innocent children. >> following a funeral service for the seven kraus children, ranging in age from less than a year to 11 years old. they were brought here to the living christ. >> reporter: certainly, it's a devastating picture, seeing those seven small coffins lining up there in the cemetery. >> reporter: family, including those surrounded nearby. in the distance, people looked on near and far, and offered their condolences and support to those grieving. >> i lost a child about 18 years ago. i lost another child. i know how hard it was. i can't even imagine what this family is going through. and i just pray for them. >> we know that god does not cause evil. but he certainly can use evil for good. and we see that in all of this.
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and our church and the people in our church and in this community stand ready to help others as we try to heal from this. >> reporter: andrea fujii, wjz eyewitness news. >> the community is already helping the family to rebuild their home. last week, they dug the foundation for a new home nearby. a 2-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself with his older brother's gun. now, a judge is limiting the evidence police can use during the teen's trial. statements made to police about the accidental shooting cannot be used as evidence against him. the 17-year-old is charged as an adult with leaving a firearm, accessible to a minor and lying to police. his younger brother is now paralyzed from the waist down. baltimore county store owner is behind bars, charged with scamming lottery winners out of their winnings. police say they went to melissa ann stone but was told he
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hadn't won after all. stone went to the commission and tried to cash it in for herself. she's charged with grand larceny and fraud. police say they don't know how many times she's done this before. researchers say serious smoking habits are nowhere near as common as they once were. >> the number of people classified as heavy smokers is down dramatically. the latest research sos just 7% of americans smoke a pack a day or more. the findings show a major decline from 1965 when close to 23% of americans smoked heavily. california showed the biggest did cline of any state. researchers contribute the decline in smoking as the rising life expectancy. >> the of life expectancy of a baby born in 2009 is more than 78 years.
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that's an all-time high. a violent turn after a shark attacks a wake boarder. doctors say the shark bit the child on her face and arm. she's now recovering at a hospital. no word on whether authorities plan to close the beach where the attack happened. life after lightning. in the fall of 2010. two utah teens were struck by lightning and miraculously survived. pria david has more on their recovery. >> reporter: it was october 25th, 2010. a thunderstorm was rolling through. they were waiting outside for a ride home from school. suddenly, a bolt of lightning hit dane in the head. and struck through him. striking alex as well. >> alex, his clothes are gone. they're just gone. and they're smoldering around the edges. >> reporter: teacher ron hanson was first on the scene and found both boys unconscious. he started cpr on alex.
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>> alli'm smell suggest smoke. and i'm thinking, his lungs are burned out. >> school officials came and took over. >> strikes like this are usually fatal. >> reporter: he recalled that dane had no pulse for 38 minutes. so he stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. he was clinically dead. >> reporter: miraculously doctors managed to save both boys. dane was released after one week. while alex remained hospitalized for almost two months. >> i thank you for all of your hopes and prayers that you've given me. >> reporter: burned over 40% of his body, he had to relearn how to walk. >> i have nerve pain, chronic nerve pain. that's pretty much the extent of my injuries right now. it's just these scars up on my neck. >> right. >> who would have thought he would ever walk again, much less run. >> even if you think there is no hope, don't stop. because my son is pretty much back to the way he was before the strike. >> i've lost a lot of weight.
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>> yeah. >> but -- as you can probably tell. but other than that, i've been recovering really well. >> reporter: priya david clemens, wjz eyewitness news. >> experts say the odds of getting struck by lightning are only 1 in 5,000. beginning to break up a little now. outside, the sun is still trying to make an appearance. wjz has weather and traffic together. bob says the rain is gone and we're going to warm up. bob? >> big warmup headed our way. let's take a look ateratear. -- at radar. it's now way up across extreme eastern new england. up across eastern maine, up toward caribou and portland, maine. around here, up to 57 degrees. but we've got even better news headed our way tomorrow. and friday, as the way, way out to the west, warm air continues to flow in. we should be in the mid-60s tomorrow and friday. probably some mid and even some
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upper 70s expected in the region. which would make it the warmest day we've seen since last october. it's going to really feel like spring, although it's the last friday of winter officially. let's check in on the roads now with courtney ward. >> hi, vic. good afternoon, everyone. looks like we spoke a little too soon last half hour. we are expecting to see some accidents pop up. glen burnie area, there's an accident dorsey road. baltimore city, we're seeing an accident at st. paul street, at east biddle street. as well as a car fire at harford road. and the gwen oak area, there's an accident at liberty road at susex road. and please be advised, there are mull pel -- mult pel traffic lights -- multiple traffic lights. car's congestion -- as far as congestion goes, going to see congestion. now we'll hop outside for a look in ellicott city, u.s. 79. you can see traffic picking up
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there a little bit. but traffic picking up without any trouble. traffic moving along beautifully. but starting to pick up there just a little bit. this traffic report is brought to you by circ cirque du soleil. opening april 7th, under the blue and yellow grand chappa to. courtney, thank you. if you're planning to go out partying for st. patrick's day, a word of warning. state troopers plan to crack down. drunken and impaired drivers in every county tomorrow. troopers will be working. the additional officers are being funded through a grant from the maryland highway safety office. straight ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. carolina controversy. the sign in a restaurant that is sparking outrage for the town of lexington. and a dog on death row, about to be put down under biting a child.
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a virginia woman is dead after her car ran off the bay. there were initial reports that two people were in the car when it went off the bridge. but police later determined, the woman was the only person in the car. at this time, there is no word on what caused the accident. controversial sign at a restaurant in north carolina caused quite a stir in the community. the sign -- community members are outraged after the restaurant owner posted a sign on his door that says no english, no service. the owner says he got an uncomfortable situation with some customers recently am because he had trouble communicating with them. that's when he decided to post the sign. but many people found the sign offensive. the owner said people are
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taking a sign out of context, and making it into a racial issue. when he says clearly, it's just a communication issue. the restaurant has agreed to take the sign down for now. in houston, police had to step in after a man stormed the stage at a rally on the steps of city hall. you're not being oprezzed. oppressed. you're not being -- hey. hey, hey, hey. we need the police. an out-of-control right-winger. group of pennsylvania students rushed to the rescue when a deer came flying through the rescue of her school bus. crashed through the bus's windshield during a morning route in york and landed on the bus driver, hurting her. seeing the bus coasting out of control. that's when four high school boys stepped in. >> ran up. and i didn't know where the
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brake was at this point. and i just jammed it up. >> none of the 25 students on board the bus was injured. the bus driver suffered moderate injuries the. she is expected to make a full recovery. a golden retriever has been sentence given a second chance after being sentenced to death. >> there we go. there we go. >> reporter: it came so close for skippy, the rambunctious golden retriever, pulled back from death row in freetown. >> it was really good. it made me cry, i have to say. it was emotional. i get emotional talking about it. >> reporter: enter ruth marshman, who volunteers at an animal shelter. taking the reigns to guarantee skippy got his due process. >> reporter: skippy's saga began last fall, when he was accused of twice attacking the 1-year-old granddaughter of his former owner. the freetown board of select said it had to order the dog be
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euthanized. but skippy went viral, his case becoming a facebook phenomenon, with more than 5700 to date. >> i think it brought together for a common goal and made them aware of this going on, where they may not have been aware of it. >> reporter: the town set conditions on skippy's reprieve, that he be neutered, trained and not adopted here in freetown, and not by a family with small children. >> we're just trying to save him from being killed. >> reporter: last month, his previous owners agreed to give him up. >> he needs to sit and look, so that he looks in my eyes. >> reporter: now, ruth marshman is grateful he got a second chance. >> it's all the same feeling, that you save somebody. you made life better for an animal. you don't get better than that. >> reporter: a chance to live a dog's life. >> skippy is now in foster care and will be put up for adoption when his trinners believe he is ready. breaking news in howard
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county. captain mike perry is live over st. john's lane. mike, what can you tell us about what is going on there? >> this is st. john's cemetery, located in cell cot city, vic. this is a call for a suspicious condition. apparently someone called into the fire department that a jar with suspicious white powder was over in the cemetery. at this point, it is not clear what is in the jars. as you can see, hazardous materials unit from the howard county fire department are with police. and there is no word on whether there is any type of issue here or not. but as you see, they're not standing there with any type of hazmat gear. one of the most recognizable voices in rap and r&b has died. nathaniel hill died tuesday, after years of health problems. he was 41. the singer is best known for his collaborations with hip-hop legends, dr. dre and snoop dogg. nasa's messenger probe is going to be the first
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spacecraft to ever orbit mercury. it will study the solar system's inner most planet. it has been making its way toward mercury for more than six years. the weekend is in sight. will it ruin ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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put away the sweaters. let us know when we can do that for good. >> i wouldn't do that. but you might want to put away the really heavy winter coat. if possible. i brought even a lighter coat tonight. we are going to warm up the next couple of days. going to really feel like spring by tomorrow and friday. and even into the weekend. not bad at all. the last day of winter is officially on saturday. sunday, going to feel pretty good. let's take a look at temps now. we're at 57. west/northwest winds at 10. barometer just going back up. and humidity starting to come down. after the rain last night. 50 in cumberland. 55 in pax river. rain down there. 54 in ocean city.
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locally, mid-50s. 40s by the water, where it's much, much cooler. west winds right now. tomorrow would be out of the west/southwest. that is going to bring in very nice warm air. really beautiful weather out here, ahead of a weak front that may be through the area friday night with clouds. and cool us down just a bit for the weekend. but not bad. back here, temperatures in the 70s. and even 80s in texas and louisiana. right now, the rain that we saw today, off to the east/northeast. gave us officially at the airport, about 6 tenths of an inch. almost two-thirds of an inch. it's all gone. but still left quite a few clouds as you can see. that will move out tonight. will clear out. and tomorrow looks like a mostly sunny day. mild temperatures, warmer than today. and even warmer air coming in ahead of that front friday night. now, saturday morning, friday night, maybe a brief sprinkle of a shower. and it will cool down somewhat saturday and sunday. not there.
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not talking about any arctic air. here comes that mild air from texas, oklahoma, louisiana. all up and down the east coast. way up to the northwest. some cooler air in the northern plains. it will cool down, as i said. over the weekend, west winds on the bay, rather light. sunrise, 7:16. sets at 7:50. 12 hours of sunlight this time of year. 44 is your bay temp tonight. clearing out. at least partly cloudy. 38 by morning. normal low is around 33. tomorrow, 65. beautiful sunshine for the most part. maybe a little morning fog in a couple of spots. but clearing out to make for a beautiful, beautiful day. and each warmer. we're talk -- and even warmer. we're talking mid-70s for friday. >> okay. >> whatever that means. thanks, bob. still to come. prepared for a crisis. problems for any one of three nuclear plants could mean
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